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Holy Priest

Welcome to the Holy Priest Class Summary Page! This page will take you through all you need to know to get started as a Holy Priest and to educate you so that you can be the best Holy Priest Healer you can be, with links to different areas throughout the site so you can learn more. Hopefully you have already had a read through the Healing Class Summaries page to get an idea about all the available healers and their play styles and you’ve decided to go with the Holy Priest. Awesome! Read on…

Class Summary/Role

We covered the Holy Priest briefly in the Summary, which you have may or may not have taken a glance at to get an idea of what you’re getting yourself into! But let’s go over the basics of a Holy Priest Healer and what is required of them.

Priests are most known for their healing powers and the Holy Priest is no exception. Some would say that the Holy Priest is the epitome of healing, drawing on their faith and spiritual connections to heal their allies. With a large array of healing spells and beneficial buffs for the party or raid, a Holy Priest will always be able to play a role.

The Holy Priest game play style includes a wide variety of spells, including cast-time, instant-cast, area of effect (AoE), and heal over time (HoT). The Holy Priest play style is both proactive and reactive, with rolling HoTs needing to be placed on targets and using instant cast heals in between cast-time heals. One of the essential parts of a Holy Priest is the use of Chakra, a stance-based spell which changes your healing state. It allows you to use particular spells according to the situation, making you even more versatile.

As a Holy Priest you’re all about putting out the most throughput of healing as fast as you can while spending as little mana as possible. You also bring a lot of utility to the group with spells like Guardian Spirit and Lightwell, and you can provide the group with some beneficial buffs such as Power Word: Fortitude (Fort). You will also have a couple of fun spells such as Leap of Faith and Levitate.

Of course, being a Priest gives you the option of changing your specialization basically whenever you feel like to being a Discipline Priest, giving you a very different experience as a Healer. And, should you be feeling a little bit adventurous, you can also choose Shadow as your specialization, which is the Priest’s DPS (Damage) spec. Just something to break up the monotony.

What Races can I play as a Holy Priest?

As a Holy Priest, you have a many races to choose from within each Faction. As a Horde, you can choose a Blood Elf, a Goblin, a Troll, a Tauren, Undead or Pandaren. As Alliance, you can choose between Dwarf, Gnome, Human, Draenei, Night Elf, Worgen or Pandaren. To find out what races you can play for all classes and the benefits of each, head over to the Race & Class Combinations page.


We take you through all the spells a Holy Priest will have in your arsenal once you hit max level. We give you a quick run down of how to use each spell, what level you receive each spell and we give you a suggestion for the keybind for each spell.

Talents & Specs

We take you through the most important talents that you can take as a Holy Priest and provide you with a base talent selection that will work for almost all situations, giving you something to start from and grow your knowledge of your specialization.


You’ve chosen your talents, now it’s time to fill in your Glyphs to effect your spells and your chosen talents.

How to Play

After leveling, choosing your talent specialization, learning what your talents do, learning what your spells do and have set up your key binds, it’s time to learn how to play. We cover buffing your group, spell priority, “what if” situations and general gameplay.

Stat Priority

Now that you know how to play a Holy Priest, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty. Gear is dropping and it’s time to enhance it, but you’re not sure what stats you should focus on, so we’ll do our best to help.


A way of adding the stats you learnt about in the previous section by way of enchanting your gear and items. We take you through what are the best enchantments (depending on your budget) for you and your class.


Another way of adding stats to your gear is by inserting gems into said gear which has empty sockets available. We’ll show you what gems you should go for, depending on what stats you already have and according to your budget.


Reforging is a method used to adjust your stats by taking away from what you don’t need and putting those numbers into stats you have more need for. Reforging has since been removed after the release of Warlords of Draenor.


Professions provide 3 things to your character: a passive buff, items to craft & use and items to craft & sell. We’ll go through each profession and provide you with the benefits those professions can give your class.


Consumables are elixirs and potions your character can drink (consume) to further enhance your healing ability, albeit for a limited time (usually 1 to 2 hours). We’ll show you the most beneficial consumables to increase your healing ability.

First things first, start at the Holy Priest Spells page to learn about your spells.

Originally published on December 4th, 2012 by on HealingWoW.com, Last modified: .

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  • talla tini

    i need advice, and dont tell me to pick which one i like best plz cause ill bite u. i want a spec that i can use for every boss in a wod raid. which is better, disc or holy. i dont necessarily want hps, i just want 2 be able 2 beat the raid without much probs on norm or mythic. is 1 spec better for mythic than the other one but not as good on normal as the other one is??

    • While you may not want to hear “play what you like best”, both specs are completely viable against all bosses in all difficulties, so really it can be said. It can also be quite dependent on your raid composition. The best thing about the priest class is that you can swap between one and another, even between bosses, so why not try it.
      We plan to write an article covering this content in the near future. But for now, to get an idea of how specs are performing against specific bosses and specific difficulties, you can try browsing warcraftlogs.com